03/22/2010 05:12 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

An iPhone Obsession At Three Years Old

Writing on the Apple Blog, Patrick Hunt talks about his 3-year-old daughter's obsession with her iPhone. He loaded his older model phone with educational games, hoping it would be a beneficial way to keep her occupied. And although the gadget is engaging her, and helping her learn, Hunt worries that she is becoming too attached.

He explains:

My three year old daughter now has her own iPhone, though without service so it is effectively an iPod touch. And how did I create a monster, you might ask? Easy. Her first words upon waking from sleep are "Where's my iPhone?" Her reaction to her parents call to come to the dinner table, head upstairs for a bath or get ready for bed is to clutch her iPhone and cry. Even though I loaded her iPhone with some of her favorite apps from her mom's phone (by re-downloading to our black Macbook, as I couldn't get iTunes Home Sharing to work with my wife's Macbook Air), she only really uses it to watch a small handful of videos that I ripped or downloaded. And she uses it constantly: sitting in a chair, laying on the floor, walking from room-to-room ... head down, focused on the iPhone screen, it can be a challenge to get her to disengage with the device and engage with us.

The Apple Blog: "I Gave My 3 Year Old an iPhone: Have I Created a Monster?"

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